Research Supervisors (PhD)

It is important to find a suitable potential supervisor who has room in their lab and enough funds to fullfill the funding package requirements. Before applying, it is strongly recommended that you take a look at the Faculty list below so that you an see which faculty members are conducting research in your area of interest. Applicants are encouraged to contact Graduate Faculty members directly.

PhD Research Supervisors - UTSC

M. Andrade To understand how the reproductive behaviours of males and females evolve through the interaction of sexual and natural selection in variable ecological contexts, and how this shapes individual phenotypes and population-level characteristics.
G. Arhonditsis Aquatic biogeochemical modelling & plankton ecology
R. Boonstra To understand the adaptations that animals in real world have in coping with stressful situations related to climate change
M. Cadotte The ecological and evolutionary mechanisms generating patterns of species diversity and in applying this understanding to conservation issues
M. Dittrich Microorganism-Mineral Interactions,Geomicrobiology, Biogeochemistry
J. Donaldson Atmospheric and Physical Chemistry
N. Eyles The last 4 billion years; Earth’s glacial history
R. Fulthorpe Microbial Ecology, Environmental Ecology, Bioremediation
W. Gough Climate change, meterology and ocean modelling
K. Howard Groundwater research
M. Isaac Agroecology; Plant-soil interactions; Biogeochemical cycling; Environment and Development
A. Izmaylov Theoretical Physical Chemistry
K. Kerman Analytical and Biological Chemistry
N. Klenk Role of (environmental) science in society,  the science-policy interface, the politics of knowledge co-production, mobilization and application, and new modes of environmental governance
B. Kraatz Bioinorganic and Biological Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry, & Water Contamination
N. Lovejoy Biodiversity, biogeography, and phylogenetics of fishes

Scott MacIvor

Wild Bees and Pollination, Green Infrastructure and Urban Biodiversity, Invasion Biology and Ecosystem Functioning

N. Mandrak Biodiversity, Conservation, Freshwater fishes, Invasive species, Species at risk
C. Mitchell Hydrology, biogeochemistry, mercury and metals cycling
A. Simpson Analytical environmental chemistry
M. Simpson Environmental and analytical geochemistry
R. Sullan Interface of mechano-microbiology and materials-biosystems interactions
L. Tsuji All aspects of the environment that affect health
G. Vanlerberghe Metabolism, nutrition, and cell physiology in plants
O. Voznyy Clean energy chemistry; Development of new materials for Li-ion batteries, hydrogen storage, CO2 capture, and photovoltaics
F. Wania Environmental organic chemistry
M. Wells Environmental fluid dynamics

PhD Research Supervisors - St. George & UTM

Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

G. Allen Environmental Bioprocess Engineering Research
E. Edwards Biodegradation, Biotransformation and Bioremediation of Organic Pollutants
G. Evans Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR)


J. Abbatt To study the fundamental physical chemistry of processes involved in global atmospheric change
J. Murphy Understanding of the rates and mechanisms of chemical transformations in the environment

Civil + Mineral Engineering

J. Siegel Healthy and sustainable buildings, Ventilation and indoor air quality in residential and commercial buildings, Control of indoor particulate matter, Secondary impacts of control technologies and strategies, Aerosol dynamics in indoor environments and HVAC systems.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

C. Rochman

Marine/Aquatic Ecology; Ecotoxicology; Environmental Chemistry; Conservation Science

D. Jackson Ecology Of Populations, Communities & Ecosystems Theoretical & Computational Biology


J. Malcolm Wildlife (especially small mammal and insect) ecology, conservation biology, community ecology, tropical ecology, and landscape ecology
S. Smith Forest entomology, biological control, biodiversity indices, and insect behaviour


J. Chen Remote sensing, Geographical Information Systems, Biogeochemical Cycle Modelling, Hydrology, Micrometeorology
J. Desloges The influence of rivers, glaciers and humans on landform development in the northern hemisphere
Y. He The use of remote sensing techniques, spatial analysis, climate data, and ecosystem modelling in studies of natural or managed systems
I. Lehnherr Impacts of stressors such as contaminants, nutrients, and climate and environmental change on northern aquatic ecosystems

Earth Sciences

B. Bergquist Understanding of the biogeochemical cycles that are important for life on Earth
A. Miall The study of sedimentary basins, with a particular interest in sequence stratigraphy, and in the sedimentology of nonmarine sandstones, and their value as reservoir rocks for oil and gas
B. Lollar Use of compound specific stable isotope techniques to track the source and fate of organic contaminants in groundwater
U. Wortmann  Straddle marine geology, paleoceanography, and geomicrobiology
S. Cowling Understanding the response of past, present and future vegetation to changes in regional and global climate
M. Diamond To develop defensible strategies to improve environmental quality in systems subject to anthropogenically elevated contaminant inputs
S. Finkelstein Focus on the recovery and analysis of paleoenvironmental records

School of the Environment

C. Wiseman

Metal emissions in urban environments and their human health impacts, contaminants and urban gardening,  environmental health of vulnerable populations.


K. Strong Atmospheric remote sounding for studies of ozone chemistry, climate, and air quality.  Urban, Arctic, and planetary atmospheric science, long-term measurements of atmospheric composition, satellite validation, and laboratory spectroscopy.
D. Wunch Experimental atmospheric physics, development and construction of remote-sensing experiments to measure trace gas concentrations in the atmosphere